Creationism Is Materialism’s Creation


I take Frederich Nietzsche quite seriously when he says, "when you gaze long into an abyss the abyss also gazes into you," and thus I did not, nor ever will watch the recent debate between Bill Nye The Science Guy and Ken Ham The Creation Man. There are things in this world too depressing for people desperate to maintain some sense of hope regarding humanity, its direction, and capacity for truth.Nevertheless, I want to take this opportunity to point out that, far sooner than any creationist … [Read more...]

God and gods


It seems apparent to me that, if the atheist wishes to disprove or otherwise snub his empirically verifiable nose at the idea of God, he ought to be sure that knows what the word "God" refers to. David Bentley Hart makes this one of the central propositions of his book "The Experience of God: Being, Consciousness, Bliss," where he contends that "the more scrutiny one accords [the God Debate] the more evident it becomes that often the contending parties are not even talking about the same thing; … [Read more...]

Why Aren’t You Naked?


I'm curious as to why man is in the habit of wearing clothes, when no other animal has been spotted with even the smallest, most insignificant of socks.We could say it's the fault of the cold, but humans wear clothes at the Equator.We could take a Darwinian tactic and argue that clothes are hygienic -- and thus the people who wore clothes outlived and out-reproduced those who ran young, wild and free -- but this assumes too much. A soiled rag around the crotch seems far less healthy than … [Read more...]

Scientism’s Aching Need to Make Suicide Inevitable


Evolution is not, contrary to the Internet, an idea spontaneously generated from the cranium of Dear Darwin. It has existed since the Greeks, and was well phrased by Capital Kant, who stated: "an orang-outang or a chimpanzee may develop the organs which serve for walking, grasping objects, and speaking-in short, that lie may evolve the structure of man, with an organ for the use of reason, which shall gradually develop itself by social culture."The Christian who denies the reality of e … [Read more...]

A Similarity Between Atheists and Christians


Let us grant the atheistic assumption that all humans are destined for non-being. There is nothing after death, only the absence of existence. Is it possible for man to conceive of this -- non-being and pure absence? Is it possible for man to grasp what it means to be a corpse? Try. Conceive of Nothingness. Think on non-being.Did you think of a large expanse of black? Try again, for you've thought of a large expanse of black, which is something. Of white? Nope, still something. Did you think … [Read more...]

Why Heaven Makes Sense


I wouldn't mind not believing in Heaven. The ancient Jews managed to do it, which is in itself a testimony to the validity of their religion: The most strict, most terrifying moral code in human history was followed without any promise of eternal reward. (If religion is the opium of the people, we are a masochistic people smoking some godawful opium.)But no matter how hard I try to conceptualize a merely finite life -- a life without Heaven -- I find myself contradicting human experience. If … [Read more...]

How to suck at your religion

Oh dear. Matthew Inman of the marvelous web-comic, The Oatmeal, seems to have experienced that exquisite twitch all modern atheists are doomed to experience -- the I-know-what's-best-for-you-silly-religious-people-come-heed-me spasm. This particular train of thought requires the thinker ignore the vast majority of Christian belief -- which is entrenched in reason -- and focus solely on minority caricatures of the creationist or the wailing-out evangelical, caricatures firmly established and gro … [Read more...]

Why I’d Make a Bad Atheist

I don't think I'd make a good atheist, for dwelling within me is a strange desire to be happy. This isn't to say atheists aren't happy, of course. In fact, most of my atheist friends are a damn sight happier than myself. But the existence of this desire poses a problem.The desire for happiness is naturally oriented towards eternal happiness. When I am happy, I have no desire for that happiness to end. Such a thing would be inconceivable, directly contrary to the very nature of … [Read more...]

Mr. Mehta, and a Briefer Defense of a Brief Piece

Now what Chesterton said is true, that “the atheist is not interested in anything except attacks on atheism.” Thus my last post, 3 Arguments Atheists Aren't Allowed To Use Anymore, attracted the beautiful and educated eyes of a certain Mr. Mehta, who contributes to The Friendly Atheist. Whether he really is friendly is a thing I'm unsure about, for the word "friend" is derived from the Old English freond, "to love," and to love is to desire the ultimate good of the beloved, and the ultimate of go … [Read more...]

3 Arguments Atheists Aren’t Allowed To Use Anymore


I mean you can, but you'll look dumb.1. Babies Are AtheistsThe argument goes like this: Babies aren't born with any pre-conceived notion of religion, God, or the supernatural world. These falsehoods are forced upon the child's innocent, atheistic mind by his parents. All religion is indoctrination -- there's nothing inherent or natural about it.This is an argument heavily promoted by the whole RELIGION IS CHILD ABUSE crowd, which has always made me think, "Dang, I can't wait to abuse … [Read more...]